Magnetic Therapy

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Instead of reaching for the medical cabinet, why not opt for an alternative treatment?

It is widely accepted that conventional painkilling drugs like paracetamol and ibuprofen have many weaknesses. Although used to treat a wide range of aliments, they still only manage to block pain, unable to treat its cause. Painkillers are only effective for a short period of time, usually lasting between 4 – 12 hours; depending on the type of painkiller, where they interrupt the pain pathway and the strenght of the drug. 

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Magnets vs Pain

These particular shortcomings, not to mention the fear of dependency on drugs as a cure, has led many to seek out other, more alternative forms of theraphy to help releave chronic pain and inflammation. One such option lies in magnetic therapy, where magnets are placed directly over a major artery such as the radial artery (the wrist pulse point) or the carotid artery (the pulse point in the neck). It is believed that when therapeutic magnets are placed on the skin, the magnetic field penetrates through it, into the surrounding tissues and blood stream. The iron in the blood is attracted to the magnetic field, promoting increased movement within the blood stream and, as a result, blood flow is improved. When die body’s blood flow, and thus oxygen level, is increased, nutrients and hormones are distributed to organs and tissues in the body much more effectively and quickly. A fresh, rich supply of oxygen and nutrients work to deeply nourish, while hormones, including endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer) are absorbed. This leads not only to a reduction of pain, but also a faster healing process.

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Targeting the Cause

Unlike conventional painkillers, magnets work on the cause of the hurt by targeting inflammation and swelling that causes pressure on the nerves and sends constant pain signals to the brain. The magnetic field penetrates through the skin and deep into the tissues and blood stream. This begins the process of eleminating the excess fluid from within the cell, reducing swelling, preventing further cell damage and kick-starting the healing process. Magnets are usually worn as bracelets or necklaces, but can also be used as knee or back support. It is possible to wear more than one magnet at once; with the most important element being its location. The location of the magnet is of paramount importance to healing and pain relief. In order to maximise the sucess  of magnetic therapy, the magnet must be placed over a major artery to allow for a much larger perfusion of blood flow. If not, the increase in blood flow will remain localised to the area where the magnets are placed, limiting their effectiveness. 

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